The Mark Johnson Story

SHARP and WorkSafeBC Partner On Safety Awareness Video

October 14 2014

Twenty Minutes of Hell One Minute to Heaven

Prince George BC - The Central and Northern Forest Industry and USW Local 1-424 and USW 1-425 have funded the production of a safety video under the joint Safety Health Awareness Research Program (SHARP), in partnership with WorkSafeBC. The eight minute video involves an interview with Mark Johnson, a young worker injured in a sawmill incident. The objective of the video, which presents Mark's story and a warning about safety will be made available in the orientation of new workers and for safety crew meetings.

"We want to emphasize the hazards of working in the industry and not to take risks or be afraid to ask questions if you're not sure about a task assigned or procedures for safe work," said SHARP Trustee Brian O'Rourke, Health Safety Director for USW 1-424. "Mark has a very compelling message and we believe having his story on tape will allow for easier access to Mark's message and cover more workers throughout the region in our drive to inform and protect workers on the job."

We believe this project is another step towards safer, healthier workplaces," said WorkSafeBC Community Relations Director Scott McCloy. "It's about protecting your life, livelihood and family, that's what's most important and this project will provide important safety awareness for new and experienced workers." 


Based in Prince George, the USW and Forest Industry Safety Health Awareness Research Program (SHARP) is committed to "the improvement of safety and health protection measures already in place in the forest industry, generally, and by means of research, education and training, the creation and development of a safe and healthy work environment for all persons employed in the various sectors of the forest industry in Northern BC."


Serving about 2 Million workers and more than 215,000 employers, WorkSafeBC is a provincial statutory agency governed by a Board of Directors and funded by employers. WorkSafeBC was born from a historic compromise between B.C's workers and employers in 1917 where workers gave up the right to sue their employer or fellow workers for injuries on the job in return for a no fault insurance program fully paid by employers. WorkSafeBC is committed to a safe and healthy work place and to providing return to work rehabilitation and legislated compensation benefits to workers as a result of their employment.

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